Medicine *is* a mess. Hal, You're absolutely right abou the back-end systems in large hospitals and ERs being very slow to change and built on proven legacy systems - because the systems there are almost all entirely *clincal* and dealing with urgent-care situations that have life-threatening potential (compared to what you see at a GP, anyhow). There is an over-abundance of conservative caution in those kind of situations with having redundant systems that are well tested, stable, and consistent.
I think that this actually reflects some of the problems with medicine and adoption of electronic health management solutions. You've got an equal dose of clinically driven patient-care caution on one side and a cash-crunched, profit driven, penny-pinching mentality on the administrative side. The medical industry is probably 10 years behind the financial industry in really adopting electronic systems that increase efficiency, productivity and quality.
So, we're both right. But Myangeldust is talking about a general practice check-in. They're one of the primary industrial use consumers of Windows 7 tablets already (The Fuji Lifebook Windows tablets are very popular portable EMR solutions in practice healthcare). They ARE early adopters of iOS tablets for EHR and EMR solutions - and they *are* the target for meaningful use. The reason (primary) practice healthcare doesn't widely adopt new technology rapidly is almost *always* financially, not clinically driven.
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